The Most Relevant FPL Information From GW1 – All In One Place
N.B. The picks for the watchlist exclude players I already own
Man Utd 2-1 Leicester. Pogba (Sanchez), Shaw (Mata), Vardy (Pereira)
- United sat back after scoring early allowing Leicester to have most of the ball. Not a great sign for owners of their attacking assets.
- Pogba (8.0) pulled rank on Sanchez and took and scored the penalty. Pogba said there is no designated penalty taker. Mourinho said Pogba is the penalty taker. Make up your mind who to believe. Point is Pogba may be on pens.
- Pogba also played further forward with Fred in the team. He looks a good option in the mid price midfield bracket.
- Sanchez (10.5) tried hard but with little end product. Got a lucky assist for the pen, but should have had an assist late on (Lukaku missed a sitter). I think he looks overpriced.
- United were unlucky to concede late on. They look as defensive minded as ever. Shaw (5.0) is probably the best and cheapest option. Mourinho praised his performance after the game, and he also scored. Bear in mind though he may get rotated out the team at any time. Bailey (5.5) was immense and should be nailed if you don’t mind spending the extra 0.5.
- Maddisson (6.5) was the bright spark for Leicester, could have scored and passed the eye test. He was subbed off early though. One to keep an eye on.
Watchlist: Shaw (5.0), Pogba (8.0), Maddisson (6.5)
Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham. Vertonghen (Sanchez), Joselu (Ritchie) Alli (Aurier)
- Spurs looked tired but were good enough to win. Newcastle played well, lacked end product in the final third.
- Kane (12.5) looked sluggish and didn’t come close to scoring (no shots on target). He has a nice fixture up next (FUL) but I wouldn’t be rushing to get him in.
- Alli (9.0) ghosted in to some good positions beyond Kane in the area. Should have a good goal threat going forward.
- Sanchez (6.0) was a real threat from corners, and a beast at the back.
- Kennedy (5.0) the bright spark for Newcastle. Missed a sitter due to a poor first touch, but caused Spurs problems. Poor fixtures until GW6. So maybe one to consider on the first wildcard.
Watchlist: Kennedy (5.0)
Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff. Fraser (Wilson), Wilson (Francis)
- Bournemouth clearly the better team, Cardiff looked very average.
- Wilson (6.0) hit a goal and an assist, missed a penalty, and had 6 shots with 3 on target, indicating he may be the better Bournemouth striker option than King (6.5) who blanked and had 1 shot, none on target. However be wary, Wilson has done this before and then gone on to blank over his next run of fixtures. One to keep an eye on.
- Fraser (5.5) came out after the game and said he’s aiming for 10 goals this season. He looked lively, and Warnock said he was the best player on the park, again one to keep an eye on.
Watchlist: Wilson (6.0), Fraser (5.5)
Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace. Schlupp (Van Aanholt), Zaha (Wan Bissaka)
- Fulham dominated possession but couldn’t find a way past Hennessey (4.5) who had a great game making 6 saves, the number 1 shirt is his to lose for now.
- Palace looked very dangerous on the counter attack, with Zaha (7.0) looking lively
- Schlupp (4.5) is listed a defender in FPL but lined up on the right of midfield, and netted himself a goal. I’m skeptical how long he will keep his place though.
- The two Palace full backs Van Aanholt (PVA) (5.5) and Wan Bissaka (WB) (4.0) got forward plenty. PVA had a goal disallowed and carries a huge attacking threat, WB looks the best 4.0 option by a country mile, and should be considered for a place in our starting line ups (for the easier fixtures).
- Mitrovic (6.5) has 7 shots, 3 on target, and was unlucky not to score. He will score goals this season if he keeps getting the same service.
Watchlist: Van Aanholt (5.5), Mitrovic (6.5)
Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea. Kante (Willian), Jorginho (Alonso), Pedro (Hazard)
- As expected Chelsea were a class above Huddersfield and ran out comfortable winners
- Jorgino (5.0) took and scored the penalty, but didn’t provide any other attacking threat. If Hazard stays at Chelsea he’ll likely be on pens when he returns to the starting line ups.
- Hazard (10.5) started on the bench, with Sarri saying he wasn’t fit enough to start. He provided an assist when he came on.
- Despite playing as an orthodox left back, Alonso (6.5) still got forward plenty being fouled for the penalty and hitting the bar. Maybe one to consider bringing in before GW4 and fixtures of BOU, CAR, whm.
Watchlist: Alonso (6.5)
Watford 2-0 Brighton. Pereyra (Holebase), Pereyra (Holebas)
- Watford were a lot stronger than Brighton on the day, Foster in the Watford goal didn’t have a save to make
- Pereyra (6.0) netted a brace but would be the very definition of a knee jerk transfer in.
- Holebas (4.5) provided two assists and always creates plenty of chances from left back, however he does have competition from Masina who was on the bench, and he also picked up his usual yellow card.
Wolves 2-2 Everton. Richarlison (Keane), Neves (Jota), Richarlison (Tosun), Jimenez (Neves)
- A difficult game to judge with Everton going down to 10 men. Wolves struggled to make the extra man count.
- Richarlison (6.5) scored a brace, right place right time for the first one, lovely finish for the second. If you’re thinking of signing Richarlison for GW2, he limped off toward the end of the game, so keep an eye out for injury news before transferring him in.
- Baines (5.5) started at left back over Digne who was on the bench, and was on his fair share of free kicks.
- Neves (5.0) was Wolves’ most influential player, was on direct free kicks, and looked to carry a decent attacking threat. I admittedly didn’t consider Neves due to his position as a deep lying midfielder. However if he maintains this form, and it turns out he’s on penalties he could be in for a season like Milivojevic (6.5) for Palace last season.
- Jota (6.5) was a bit quieter than expected, but showed some decent touches albeit only having one shot (none on target) and not creating any chances.
Watchlist: Neves (5.0)
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham. Salah (Robertson), Mane (Milner), Mane (Firmino), Sturridge (Milner)
- A completely dominant display by Liverpool gave West Ham no chance. Tripling up on Liverpool looks a good strategy. Be aware though their fixtures take a turn for the worse in GW5-8, however on this form it might not matter.
- Salah (13.0), Mane (9.5) and Firmino (9.5) will all score plenty of points this year. Salah and Mane have the edge for me, with the extra point for a goal and clean sheet. Firmino was also subbed off early for Sturridge (6.0), which could be a recurring theme of the season.
- Keita (7.5), Milner (5.5) and Wijnaldem (5.5) bossed the midfield, but don’t look like FPL assets to me with the other Liverpool options available.
- The Liverpool defence was solid, West Ham only had one shot on target and that was in the 90th minute. Robertson (6.0) looks the pick of the defenders due to his assist potential; he earned an assist, two bonus and got himself into a few excellent crossing positions.
- West Ham can’t really be judged here as Liverpool were so good, we’ll know more on if they can provide any good FPL assets after their GW2 game vs BOU.
- The popular Arnautovic (7.0) limped off in the second half. Keep an eye on the injury news if you own him.
Watchlist: None. I already own Salah (13.0), Mane (9.5) and Robertson (6.0).
Southampton 0-0 Burnley
- Both these teams look like they’ll set up to be hard to break down. May be good for clean sheets in the ‘easier’ fixtures. I wouldn’t go near the attacking assets.
- Bednarek (4.0) didn’t start, one less playing 4.0 option in defence
Arsenal 0-2 Man City. Sterling (Mendy), Bernardo Silva (Mendy)
- City picked up where they left off last season looking strong all over the park
- Arsenal assets can’t really be judged playing the best team in the league, although they were wasteful in the final third. I’ll assess them GW3 vs WHM, before looking to bring any of them in. They have another tough fixture away to Chelsea next up.
- Mendy (6.0) looked a menace down the left and frequently got forward to support the attack, rewarding his owners with two assists.
- Sterling (11.0) came in to the side at the expense of Sane (9.5) who was left on the bench. Sterling looked lively. I would imagine Sterling, Sane and Mahrez will be rotated throughout the season. Picking the right one at the right time will be tricky.
- Mahrez (9.0) and Aguero (11.0) were relatively quiet, could have got good returns on another day.
- Bernardo Silva (7.5) looked on the periphery for the majority of the game. Took his goal well though. I think he keeps his start until David Silva (8.5) returns, and then they’ll rotate. A good cheap option into the City midfield though.
- KDB (10.0) came on as sub, I would imagine he’ll start against HUD GW2.
- City next play the three promoted teams, and the three promoted teams from the season before in the next six GWs. They will keep clean sheets and score plenty of goals in those fixtures.
Watchlist: None. I already own Aguero (11.0), Bernardo Silva (7.5) and Mendy (6.0)